India (Countries in our World)

India (countries in our world) is part of a series. Mini picked this book at the library along with Portugal, Italy and Ghana. She has been to India twice before  as we have family there. She also knows that another trip is in the offing.


Lovely factual book and is quite detailed. Mini has recently learned to read maps especially pointing out the capital city. I heard her reading the first few pages out loudly.

The book has lovely photographs too.


Little Bharatnatyam dancers


The Autorickshaw


Holy City of Varanasi

I would highly recommend this book


The Fat Alphie and Charlie the Wimp series: Fat Alphie the Famous


Good book for independent reading in Year 1. Mini read the book fluently adding silly voices with each character (that are always funny), we laughed a lot and Mini read it again, a couple of times. That is always a good sign. Humour shines through in the story and is a joy to read.

Thanks for passing by 🙂

Jade McAde by Jane Caroll

Jade McKade

Jade McKade

As a mum, I loved the book. Such cuteness and I loved listening to the lovely expression of my little miss. I sometimes wonder, how far my baby has come, as far as reading and literacy is concerned. Kids really grow up super fast.

Jade McAde is part of the Year 1 curriculum.

Jade does not like going to school at all. When she has chicken pox one day, Jade is happy that she can be at home. Her sister Jennie however, loves school. Every day Jennie come home from school and tells Jade about all the fun stuff they did in school. Gradually, Jade realises, whilst recovering from chicken pox, that school is a lot of fun after all. The story ends with a dress up party at school where Jade dresses up as the dragon.

Good story.



Apologies for the long silence – again. Busy (ness) got in the way – No really! 

I did keep clicking photos (albeit sneakily) of my little reader reading her books. Here’s an update about the classic called Rumpelstiltskin.

I don’t really want to write about the story – it is detailed in here and in many other online sites.

The five year old mind concluded that the daddy was not nice because he lied about what his daughter can do.  It seemed Mini was a bit confused at places and asked many questions. Most of all – she loved the name Rumpelstiltskin.

Princess Rosa’s Winter by Judy Hindley



Mini read this book during one of those very cold days, a few weeks ago. She agreed with Princess Rosa who also hated the winter. Mini loves snow but the prolonged period of dark days was not particularly exciting for her. In this story, Princess Rosa didn’t like winters because her castle is quite dark and cold, and also it is difficult to go out and ride her pony in the snow.

But one day a mysterious jester cames to the castle!. He started entertaining everybody with music, dancing, and rejoicing. That certainly brightened up the gloomy winters day and made Princess Rosa very happy.

Mini, who is now a reasonably good independent reader, enjoyed reading this book from her school, with lovely expression.

Mumma loved it too.

Yasmin – the Night Owl Fairy (Rainbow Magic Series)


Kirsty and Rachel and their parents were spending a week of the summer holidays at Camp Stargaze. Just outside the camp was a clearing in the woods called the Forest Fun Playground. When they arrived at the Campsite, their Twilight fairy friends had asked for their help again (as in the other stories of the series). These fairies ensure that everything is peaceful and harmonious between dawn to dusk with the help of their fairy dust. Unfortunately, Jack Frost and his goblins stole the magic bags so that they could cause chaos.

When the girls looked out to the farm from the treehouse, they were surprised!

“The farm animals are all fast asleep!” Rachel told her. “Isn’t that strange?” Kirsty trained her binoculars on the field across the river. Now she too could see that the cows and sheep were all sleeping contentedly!

“But it’s still day-time!” Kirsty pointed out, puzzled. “Why are the night-time  creatures like the badger and hedgehogs awake during the day, and why are the  animals like the cows and sheep, who should be awake, asleep?”

The girls met the magical snowy owl called Shadow, who sprinkled fairy dust and the girls shrank to fairy size. They began to fly to the fairyland and were astonished to realise that all the fairies were fast asleep. Must be Jack Frost !! They recognised Yasmin, the night owl fairy amongst all the sleeping fairies and woke her up. The three of them began their adventure to bring the day and night balance back to normal.

What little girl will not love such a story !